General details

  • jimmaz

  • Rhode Island, US

  • Jim Maz

  • College and  Grad School

  • English

In short

  • I write for pleasure, the intellectual challenge, and the possibility that somehow this might all survive me.  I do not seek fame (though fortune is OK).   Writing provides  an outlet to reach so many minds as other authors have reached mine.    Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Capote, McCarthy, and countless others are responsible for  moving, enlightening, and entertaining me.   If I can play a small part in this art, I humbly accept.

    On a separate note, I find that what I tend to write generally takes on the flavor or one or more of these three focuses; those being death, love and power.   Then again, what else is there?

  • I know this will sound a bit silly, but it is none-the-less remarkable to see.   I can cup my hands together, fill the space between with water, and shoot the water out 30  feet or more (really) in a laser like stream.   I am sure there are other talents lying beneath the surface, but that's all I can come up with now.

My Favorites: Reading and Writing

  • Fiction: Crime, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor/Satire, Literary, Mystery, Political

    Non-Fiction: History, Humor, Memoir/Narrative Non-fiction, Politics & Current Affairs, Reference, True Crime

  • There are so many.  In fact too many to list but I will name a few that I have read in the past year:  the road, A movable feast, islands in the stream, founding brothers, the great gatsby, the catcher in the rye, in cold blood.
  • I just finished the Kite Runner -- and I liked it.  

    I am reading "A farewell to arms" now.
  • On a lounge chair in the warm sun by a seaside pool with my drink close enough to reach.
  • I am working on a book that I began (sad to say) a few years ago.  I get into it for a month...then take a few months off.  I really do need to get this done.
  • Fiction: Crime, Literary, Mystery

    Non-Fiction: Reference, True Crime

  • James Bond.  But, it would have to be the Sean Connery version (or Daniel Craig) .  What's better than saving the world from evil, playing with all sorts of fun gadgets, traveling to exotic places and getting the girl?
  • Hemingway, Cormac McCarthy, Nathaniel Philbrick, Steven King (yes, really), F. Scott Fitzgerald, and many others.